Neel Akasher Niche
(Under the Blue Sky)
Set in turbulent ‘thirties, it is the story of a poor Chinese hawker selling his merchandise, China silk, in the streets of Calcutta. That was the time when China was repulsing the brutal attack of the militarist Japan. That was the time when an outraged Rabindranath Tagore wrote to his friend in Japan, the great poet Noguchi: “I wish your countrymen, whom I love so much, not success but remorse”.
Language: Bengali (1958, Black & White)
Screenplay: Mrinal Sen
Director: Mrinal Sen
Producer: Hemanta Bela Productions
Story: Mahadevi Verma
Camera: Sailaja Chatterjee
Music: Hemanta Mukherjee
Cast: Kali Bannerjee
Kali Bannerjee as a Chinese Silk hawker.
Hemanta Mukherjee, the producer of the film, with Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad at Rashtrapati Bhavan, after a screening of the film.
Hemanata Mukherjee with Radha Krishnan and Rajendra Prasad.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with Hemanta Mukherjee and Mrinal Sen.
Mrinal Sen, after the screening in Assam.
Nehru with Hemanta Mukherjee, after a special screening of the film.